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Ford Counseling Services
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  • 28 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Stephen H.
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Victor Ford is a brilliant psychotherapist. I can say this with “authority,” as it took me a long time, and many therapists, to find one who could help me with my depression, alcoholism and abusive childhood baggage. Vic is so easy to talk to/with. He has a gentle, yet focused and erudite way of helping me look at the man (me) behind the curtain. He has stuck with me patiently and compassionately through some very difficult situations. He’s helped me learn and grow from these challenges, instead of getting buried beneath them. Dr. Ford’s knowledge and experience is amazing. He draws from a deep pool which includes psychotherapy, theology, spirituality and physiology. In short: mind, body, spirit and soul. That was critical for MY healing and recovery. A psychotherapist with a brilliant mind and a loving heart: that is how I would describe Vic Ford. And I know, as I journey forward, he will ALWAYS be my trusted friend, philosophical mentor and learned doctor.


I offer individual, couples, family therapy with children over 6, adolescents, adults for mood disorders, anxiety, depression, post traumatic stress, dissociative disorders, sexual abuse, personality disorders, and life-changing events such as job loss, divorce, grief and loss. I use a variety of methods depending on the goals and needs of the client. Relationships are addressed as not only are moods affected by disorders but the support system is as well. Relationships can be a source of stress or pleasure, depending on the dynamics involved. These are always addressed in therapy. I use cognitive behavioral therapy, hypnosis, eye movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR), short-term solution-focused therapy, and rational emotive therapy. Gain balance and freedom through psychotherapy.


I provide psychotherapy and hypnotherapy in the treatment of children, adolescents, adults, and couples. I specialize in hypnosis for the treatment of fears and unhealthy habits. I also provide life coaching for those who are simply aiming to reinvent their lives. Please contact me for other areas of specialization.


I am a licensed mental health counselor that provides counseling and psychotherapy services for children, adolescents and adults. I have been in private practice for 16 years treating all types of clinical disorders, especially depression and anxiety. We can meet at my office or in your home. Many clients receive counseling because they want to learn to cope with life's daily stress. I am a trained counselor that will support and encourage you on your path to managing your life, so that you can find peace of mind. Most insurances are accepted. Warm Regards, Monica


I am open minded and have many years of life and have experienced many things as well as lived in various places. My therapy is usually outside and combines nature with therapy and does wonders compared to being inside a room with the doors closed.


I offer psychotherapy/counseling for persons with chronic or acute mental health issues, for relationship problems, for healthy living, for anxiety and depression, for life changes or transitions or for meeting life challenges. This therapist uses a variety of treatment approaches, including hypnotherapy. I am licensed in the state of florida as licensed mental health counselor.


I help you to manage your life, successfully. I am a psychotherapist and a life coach who provides services to individuals and couples for assessments/evaluations, mood and anxiety disorders, post traumatic stress disorder, self-esteem problems, and work-related problems. I coach self-empowerment to women returning to school after age 40, women who have lost control of their lives, and women who have let go of their power. I find that psychotherapy and coaching can be similar in some areas. In therapy, you can revisit past hurts and discover how they continue to affect you today, as well as the changes that need to be made. In coaching, there is usually a goal to reach. By encouraging you and holding you accountable, I will help you reach that goal.


Unlike many life coaches who have only received training certificates in coaching, I have extensive training in psychology and counseling as well. This enables me to draw from my understanding of human behavior and evidence based theories on human thinking and affect, motivation and drive, attachment and relationships, communication, sexuality--to name just a few. I believe in personal and professional growth and live by my values. In addition to helping my private practice clients, I am actively involved in mentoring and coaching up and coming counselors as a Florida State approved Mental Health Counselor supervisor and as a faculty member at University of South Florida.

  • 5 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack


I am a licensed psychologist (clinical psychology) with a background as a registered nurse. As a result of this unique combination of training and experience, I have a holistic approach to health. My goals is to provide support, knowledge, encouragement and practical tools to help people make progress towards their personal goals. Psychotherapy not only addresses challenges and problems but also teaches individuals to more fully use the skills and strengths they already have to move forward toward important goals. I offer individual and couples psychotherapy and coaching and work with ages 17 through the life's span. Areas of special interest include reproductive health (infertility), women's health, and medical-psychological issues, e.g., cancer, ALS, etc. One-time, brief, and no-charge consultations are available.

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What is a psychologist?

A psychologist is a professionally trained mental health professional who helps patients navigate challenging life situations or mental health issues. To become a psychologist you must earn a doctoral degree; qualifying degrees include a Ph.D., Psy.D. or Ed.D. To actively practice, a psychologist must be licensed in their state and maintain good standing. Psychologists are trained to administer tests that can evaluate a patient’s cognitive strength and weaknesses, intellectual skills, vocational aptitude and preference, personality characteristics, and neuropsychological functioning, explains the American Psychological Association (APA).

A psychologist meets with patients in an office and may work with a variety of methods, depending on patient need, such as cognitive, behavioral or interpersonal.  According to the APA, common reasons a person may visit a psychologist include:

  • Dealing with depression, anger or anxiety over a long period of time.
  • Help with a chronic condition that is interfering with their lives or physical health.
  • Help with grieving and other abrupt transitions.
  • Overcoming addictions.
  • Managing chronic illness.
  • Breaking old and harmful patterns of thinking or behavior.

What are the types of psychologists?

Psychologists are healthcare professionals who use scientific methods to understand the relationships between the brain, environment and behavior. Psychologists may focus on research — studying how the brain and various environments drive behaviors to better understand the issues that trouble patients and society as a whole — or they may focus on practice — interacting with people using therapeutic methods. The American Psychological Association shares some of the more prevalent types of psychologists:

  • Clinical psychologists assess and treat mental, emotional and behavioral disorders.
  • Cognitive and perceptual psychologists study human perception, thinking and memory.
  • Community psychologists work to strengthen the abilities of communities, settings, organizations and broader social systems to meet people’s needs — such as improving support for victims of natural disasters, or working to improve health policies.
  • Counseling psychologists help people understand and take action on everyday issues, career and work problems, and serious adversity.
  • Developmental psychologists study the psychological development of the human being throughout life.
  • Educational psychologists concentrate on how effective teaching and learning take place.
  • Engineering psychologists conduct research on how people work best with machines.
  • Environmental psychologists study the dynamics of how people interact with their environments.
  • Evolutionary psychologists study how evolutionary principles such as mutation, adaptation and selective fitness influence human thought, feeling and behavior.
  • Experimental psychologists study cognitive processes, comparative psychology (cross-species comparisons), and learning and conditioning.
  • Forensic psychologists apply psychological principles to legal issues.
  • Health psychologists specialize in how biological, psychological and social factors affect health and illness.
  • Industrial/organizational psychologists apply psychological principles and research methods to the workplace to improve productivity, health and the quality of work life.
  • Neuropsychologists and behavioral neuropsychologists explore the relationships between brain systems and behavior.
  • Quantitative and measurement psychologists focus on methods and techniques for designing experiments and analyzing psychological data.
  • Rehabilitation psychologists work with stroke and accident victims, people with mental disabilities, and those with developmental disabilities caused by such conditions as cerebral palsy, epilepsy and autism.
  • School psychologists assess and counsel students, consult with parents and school staff, and conduct behavioral interventions when appropriate.
  • Social psychologists study how a person’s mental life and behavior are shaped by interactions with other people.
  • Sport psychologists help athletes refine their focus on competition goals, become more motivated, and learn to deal with anxiety and fear of failure around competition.

How much do therapists cost?

If you are experiencing a challenging time, have mental health difficulties, or just want professional guidance as you move through life, a therapist can provide relief, tools and structure. The national average cost for a therapist is $80-$100 per hour, although prices may be higher or lower depending on geographic location and the experience and training of the therapist.

Psychiatrists, psychologists and licensed therapists are all health professionals who offer various modalities of therapy. Ask questions about the type of therapy they specialize in (such as cognitive or behavioral, etc.) and their area of expertise (such as grief, anxiety, body image disorders, etc.) to help you find the right fit for your needs. Therapy sessions are typically 50-60 minutes long.  The patient usually meets with the therapist in their office; sessions may also be held remotely (via Skype, etc.) or in a clinical setting. Psychologists, psychiatrists and other therapists who have earned advanced degrees will typically charge higher rates than other licensed therapists. Depending on your diagnosis, your health insurance may cover your therapy costs.

Can a clinical psychologist write prescriptions?

To be able to write a prescription, a clinical psychologist must practice in a state that permits them to do so, and must either have a master’s degree in psychopharmacology or have completed the required advanced training program. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), five states currently permit psychologists to write prescriptions: Idaho, New Mexico, Illinois, Iowa and Louisiana. Many psychologists who are not able to write prescriptions work in partnership with psychiatrists, pediatricians or primary care doctors to help their patients who need medication.

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